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5 of the best Portuguese players that have played for Chelsea

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5 of the best Portuguese players that have played for Chelsea


Chelsea signed Deco from Barcelona for £8 million. Deco, who had won some of the most major honours at Barcelona and Porto, made 47 appearances for Chelsea in his two seasons at the Bridge.

He was signed by former Portugal Manager, Scolari. He made a huge impact as soon as he arrived in London, winning PL player of the Month in his first month in the Premier League.

However when Scolari was sacked Deco became frustrated and tried to make a move to Inter Milan to link up with his former manager, Mourinho. When this move failed, Deco seemed fustrated, but when Ancelotti was appointed, Deco regained his confidence and started to perform again.

In his final season with Chelsea he helped them win the Premier League title and then left shortly after on a free transfer. In his time at the club he won two F.A cups and one Premier League.

Deco scored 5 goals in 75 appearances for Portugal in a successful international career. Although it was a controversial international career as he was only able to get into the Portugal team after gaining citizenship in Portugal. He was born and raised in Brazil.

Paulo Ferreira

Ferreira, The Portuguese fullback, was described by Mourinho as “a player who will never be man of the match but will always score 7/10 for his individual display”.

Ferreira was signed from Porto in 2004 by Mourinho for £13.2 million and played for Chelsea until 2013, playing over 200 games! He won many titles and trophies in his long and successful Chelsea career

His commitment to the club made him a fan favourite and one of Chelsea’s more memorable Portuguese players.

The Portuguese fullback made 62 appearances for his country and played in two World Cups and two European Championships.

Henrique Hilário

Hilario was always used as a sub keeper at his time at Chelsea. He was also brought to the club by Mourinho. Although Hilario quickly became a key figure within the club.

He mentored young keepers and became another fan favourite after becoming the first choice Goalkeeper in the 2006 seasons after Cech’s and Cudicini’s injuries.

After other Goalkeepers recovered Hilario once again moved to the bench but in his following seasons at the club he went on to make a small impact by making a fairly significant amount of appearances at the Bridge.

All together, Hilario played 39 games for Chelsea between 2006-2014. He retired shortly after he was released in 2014.

Over his career Hilario managed to make one international appearance for the Portugal senior team in 2010.

José Bosingwa

Bosingwa was signed by Scolari after Euro 2008 for £16 million. He made 89 appearances for Chelsea between 2008 and 2012.

His name has been written in Chelsea history after he played the full 120 minutes in our historic Champions League final victory. He was also a key figure in F.A cup and PL title victories- as he gradually became the starting fullback.

However he got injured a lot, limiting the amount of games that he got to play for Chelsea. In 2009 Bayern Munich tried to sign Bosingwa after some great performances from the fullback but that move failed to go through.

Bosingwa has made 25 appearances for his country, although his international career has been overshadowed by his shady relationships with the Portugal managers.

Ricardo Carvalho

One of Chelsea’s greatest ever defenders, Carvalho, was Portuguese. He was at the Bridge throughout some of Chelsea’s most successful moments playing along side John Terry for 6 years.

Carvalho was at the club from 2004 to 2010, he made 135 appearances for Chelsea after he was brought to the Bridge for £20 million by Mourinho. He also scored 7 goals.

Carvalho brought a lot of success to Chelsea during his time in London, winning three Premier League titles, three F.A cups and two League cups.

He was a key player for 6 years at Chelsea and was very consistent throughout his time- he was known for his speed and ability to time his challenges perfectly. Eventually his luck run out around the 2009 season when he started to pick up small injuries. He moved to Real Madrid in 2010 to link up with former Chelsea manager Mourinho- who brought him to the Bridge previously.

Carvalho has also enjoyed an extremely successful international career. Making 89 appearances for his country and recently becoming the oldest player to ever win a European Championship at the age of 38.

Honourable mentions

Raul Meireles – 2011 to 2012

Maniche – 2006

Nuno Morais – 2004 to 2007

Ricardo Quaresma – 2009

Tiago – 2004 to 2005

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